August 27th: THE POND, an exhibition by John Gossage opens soon in Washington DC

From the Smithsonian American Art Museum website:

John Gossage: The Pond

2nd floor South, American Art Museum
August 27, 2010 – January 17, 2011

Image for John Gossage: The Pond

© John R. Gossage, Untitled, from the series The Pond, 1985, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of anonymous donors

“The installation of John Gossage: The Pond celebrates the recent gift to the museum of this remarkable photographic series and the re-issue of one of the most influential photography books of the past three decades. John Gossage (b. 1946) photographed a small, unnamed pond between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Maryland, between 1981 and 1985. The title was intended to recall Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, but Gossage advocated a more all-embracing view of the landscape, exploring the less idealized spaces that border America’s cities and suburbs. Although many of the images in The Pond appear unruly or uncared for, Gossage found moments of grace and elegance in even the most mundane of places.

The complete portfolio of The Pond was acquired by the museum in 2007. This exhibition marks the first time the complete series of fifty-three gelatin silver prints has been on public display. Gossage lives and works in Washington, D.C. Toby Jurovics, curator of photography, is the curator of the installation.

The Pond, originally published in 1985, is being reissued by Aperture (September 2010). The new edition, co-published by the museum, includes an essay by photo historian Gerry Badger and an introduction by Toby Jurovics. It will be available in the museum’s store ($65 hardcover).

The Bernie Stadiem Endowment Fund provided support for the exhibition.”

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